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Unemployment figures for Q1 fall 0.3% to 7.7%

Unemployment fell by 88,000 in the three months to April 2011 to 2.43 million. The jobless rate was 7.7%, down 0.3% on the quarter.

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High arrangement fees are hardly fair treatment for clients

I’m interested in the continued talk about treating customers fairly, especially in relation to rates. Despite the Bank of England base rate being 0.5%, to secure an advantageous interest rate on a buy-to-let mortgage of 3.99% – which is hardly giving it away – our clients have to pay an arrangement fee of 3%. So, […]

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60 Seconds with…Kristina Grimes

Kristina GrimesBusiness development directorSpicerhaart Why did you join Spicerhaart earlier this year?In an uncertain economic climate it is great to see a company investing in its people, products and systems to provide better service for clients. Any business investing now is a pleasure to work for as most are cutting back. What is the future […]

Customer benefits may not be so good for shareholders

The regulator must understand every action it takes has consequences. If a lender lets a borrower off a few payments, or changes the terms of the loan to one that makes it more risky for the lender, that is all fine and dandy for the borrower. But isn’t it ruining shareholder value, a group that […]

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